MONTGOMERY, Ala. — SPLC Action Fund President and Chief Executive Officer Margaret Huang released the following statement after the Trump campaign sent an email to his “fiercest and most loyal defenders” calling on them to join the “Trump Army” as his “first line of defense when it comes to fighting off the liberal MOB.”
The email comes as President Trump continues to state that he wants to list antifa as a domestic terrorist organization, praises attacks on peaceful protests and threatens to mobilize the U.S. military in cities where people are protesting against systemic racism and extrajudicial killings of Black people.
“It’s appalling to see President Trump’s reelection campaign trying to exploit our nation’s crisis during these trying times and incite division. The campaign is not only taking advantage of people’s current fears and insecurities, but, by using language that pins Americans against each other, they are inciting violence against the same people Trump swore to serve.
“The SPLC Action Fund calls upon all elected officials to condemn this campaign email, and to urge that all people regardless of political party commit to protecting our Constitutional rights, including the right to protest.
“Black people are suffering from centuries of brutality; millions of Americans are out of work and cannot put food on the table; and hundreds of thousands more are undergoing an unimaginable health crisis. Trump needs to do the job he was elected to do: unify and protect us, not divide us.”